The late former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh allegedly met with Aisha, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, over his trial for corruption three weeks before he was shot dead by unknown gunmen along Abuja-Keffi Road according to a report by The Punch.
The PUNCH said an associate of the badeh had informed that Badeh, who was facing trial for alleged fraud, criminal breach of trust and money laundering, allegedly met with Aisha Buhari to seek her intervention in his legal troubles which were reportedly taking an emotional and financial toll on him. The source also claims Mrs Buhari told Badeh that only Kyari could help him
According to the source, Badeh stated that Aisha Buhari then took him to Kyari, but the COS was non-committal. He asked the ex-CDS to call him back, but he (Kyari) was unreachable since the meeting which took place about three weeks ago,” the source, a former paramilitary officer, said.
The death of the former CDS raised serious concerns about the level of insecurity in the nation at the moment under president Muhammadu Buhari.
Badeh’s driver who survived the attack is said to be in a stable condition and receiving treatment in an air force hospital.
The security detail attached to the former CDS underwent “very strict confidential interrogations” even as the mobile phones and contacts of the former CDS were reportedly being analysed a source in the military confirmed.
There are doubts from some quarters suggesting that Badeh assassination had a political undertone.
Meanwhile, there are strong indications that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will not spare Badeh’s properties despite his passing.
An EFCC official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stated that the anti-graft agency was determined to pursue the ongoing trial to a conclusive end and recover all illegally acquired properties by the deceased.
Acting spokesman for the EFCC, Tony Orilade, could not be reached by our correspondent for his reaction to the issue as of the time of filing this report on Friday.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, could not respond immediately. A text message sent to him was still being awaited as of the time of filing this report.
There are also indications that Badeh’s wife and two sons, who are now living in the USA, are still on the wanted list of the DSS and may not attend their father’s burial for fear of being arrested on return to Nigeria.